21 May 2021

Ten things to do in Canberra this week (21 - 27 May)

| Lottie Twyford
Parliament House

HiveMind traces the story of beekeeping at Parliament House and its impact on democracy. Photo: MOAD.

The temperature’s dropped but that shouldn’t stop you from getting out and about in Canberra as there’s simply too much going on to stay at home.

World Bee Day will be celebrated with a new exhibition – HiveMind – at the Museum of Australian Democracy, as well as special markets at the Capital Region Farmers Market.

The music scene will also be abuzz with Visualising Harmony from Belco Arts and The Canberra Symphony Orchestra, and a tribute to Dusty Springfield, as well as Sunday Jazz sessions at Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

Women are invited to attend the next Canberra Mentor Walk around Lake Burley Griffin and there’s also a talk about Women in Prisons later in the week.

Get the whole family together for a day of trail-building and maintenance at Majura Park Mountain Bike Trails, head to the Gungahlin Bulls inaugural Indigenous Round or take a day-trip to check out the Boorowa Markets.

Have a great week, Canberra!

All week

HiveMind: Honeybees, Democracy & Me

When: Daily from Tuesday 18 May, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House
Cost: Free.

Canberra’s latest exhibition, HiveMind: Honeybees, Democracy and Me, launched at MOAD on Tuesday, 18 May.

HiveMind is a quirky look at a little known history of Australia’s federal parliaments – a delightful story of passion, serendipity and bees.

READ ALSO Bees and democracy? A hive of activity at MOAD reveals some wannabee pollenticians


Women walking

Walk Lake Burley Griffin with a life-changing mentor. Photo: Mentor Walks.

Mentor Walks Canberra – Fresh Air Walk

When: Friday 21 May, 7:10 am to 8:30 am
Where: National Library of Australia, Parkes Place
Cost: $30 per person, tickets available through Eventbrite.

Walk along Lake Burley Griffin in the early morning with a group of extraordinary women before you head to work.

At each walk, you’ll be pre-matched with the mentor who will be able to help you the most. You’ll be walking with up to two other mentees in a small group with your mentor, discussing each other’s questions and helping each other.

Canberra Symphony Orchestra and Belco Arts present Visualising Harmony

Canberra Symphony Orchestra and Belco Arts present Visualising Harmony. Photo: CSO.

Canberra Symphony Orchestra and Belco Arts present Visualising Harmony

When: Friday 21 May, 7:00 pm
Belco Arts, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen
Cost: $20 to $25, book online.

Facilitated by world-class violinist Bindi McFarlane, players of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra will mentor five artists with disability, and together create and perform original music inspired by colourful artworks.

Composed, imagined and performed collaboratively, the project will culminate in a unique, relaxed performance that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities.


Boorowa Rotary Community Makers and Growers Markets

The markets are a great occasion to see what the area has to offer. Photo: Lyn Diskon.

Boorowa Makers and Growers Community Markets

When: Saturday 22 May, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Old Court House Grounds, Marsden St, Boorowa
Cost: Free.

Come along to the Boorowa Rotary Community Makers and Growers Markets and experience the best the area has to offer.

You will find food, craft and products grown, made and prepared by local people.

Neil Bijorac and Tre Holten-Williams

Neil Bijorac and Tre Holten-Williams from the Gungahlin Bulls. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Gungahlin Bulls Indigenous Round

When: Saturday 22 May 2021, all-day
Where: Gungahlin Enclosed Oval
Cost: Free.

All are invited to attend the Gungahlin Bulls’ first-ever Indigenous Round to pay their respects to Aboriginal players past, present and emerging.

The event will incorporate traditional elements of Aboriginal culture such as a smoking ceremony and a Welcome to Country from Violet Sheridan followed by a day full of football.

The Bulls will run out in a jersey designed by player Richard Allen Jr.

For more information, visit Gungahlin Bulls.

Dusty the Concert at Canberra Southern Cross Club

Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden presents Dusty the Concert on Saturday 22 May at 8:00 pm. Image: Canberra Southern Cross Club.

Dusty the Concert – Celebrating Dusty Springfield

When: Saturday 22 May, dinner from 6:00 pm and show from 8:00 pm
Where: Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden
Cost: Dinner and Show $79.75, Show only $42.75, plus booking fee. Book online.

Celebrate Dusty Springfield’s musical achievements, hit songs, life stories and impact she had around the world during the era of Black & White Soul.

Dusty the Concert will leave audiences wishin’ and hopin’ that the show will never end.

Dinner and Show: make a night of it and enjoy a two-course meal in a private dining area before the show. Dinner commences at 6:00 pm. All guests are allocated on a communal table of up to 10 people.

World Bee Day

World Bee Day at Capital Region Farmers Market in Exhibition Park. Photo: Capital Region Farmers Market.

World Bee Day at Capital Region Farmers Market

When: Saturday 22 May, 7.30 am to 11.30 am
Where: Exhibition Park
Cost: Free.

We all need to contribute to the survival of our glorious bees, and the very important role they play in our food supply.

At the Market, most stallholders depend on bees and other pollinating insects to survive. Together, they recognise the importance of World Bee Day to raise awareness of the importance of bees and beekeeping to the world.


Sunday Jazz Series: The Fringe of Squaredom

When: Sunday 23 May, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Tuggeranong Arts Centre Theatre
Cost: $30 per person per show or $110 per person for all shows, book online.

Founded by Rachael Thoms and Tom Fell, The Fringe of Squaredom presents jazz in its many forms, from the earthy swing of New Orleans to the classic cool of the modern era.

Don’t miss your chance to hear world-class jazz in this series of four Sunday afternoon concerts. The first will be themed ‘Latin Nights: Jazz from Brazil and Beyond’.

Trail Day

Come along and help clear the Majura Trails for winter. Photo: Majura Pines Trail Alliance.

Trail Day at Majura Pines

When: Sunday 23 May, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Majura Park Mountain Bike Trails, Monterey Road
Cost: Free.

Come along and help prepare the Majura Pines Trails for winter. ACT Parks and Conservation are supplying plenty of rock and well-draining gravel to weatherproof a couple of black spots on popular trails, as well as the usual annual maintenance of clearing out drains and gullies.

All are welcome and tools, instructions and refreshments will be provided.

Meet on the main fire road (Monterey Rd) about halfway along, approximately level with PS2. See Facebook for more information.


Let’s talk about women in our prison

When: Wednesday 26 May, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Canberra Deakin Football Club
Cost: Free, register online.

National Council of Women ACT Inc invites you to attend a forum to discuss women in the ACT prison system with a specific focus on what happens while in the system and what supports are in place post-release.

There is no charge to attend this event and there will be time for questions from those in attendance to address the panel.

Original Article published by Lottie Twyford on The RiotACT.

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